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SPEEDWAY WARRIORS TUMBLE OUT OF CAMP
Wightlink Warriors 42 : Eastbourne Eagles 48
Facing a 30 point deficit from the away leg of their speedway Knock Out Cup tie against Eastbourne, the Isle of Wight 'Warriors' tried hard to contain the reigning cup holders but eventually had to concede the tie and the match to the much fancied Eagles septet.
The home side were dealt a blow when Adam Portwood called off with illness forcing the Warriors to draft in Josh Embleton, a promising Geordie junior, who almost made a magical start as he led heat two for three laps before being swamped by the startled Eagles.
That would have been an ideal start to back up Ben Morley’s opening race win – one of five from the Warriors number one on his way to a full and impressive maximum – however it was not to be and once the Eagles had nosed in front, it was always going to be tough for the Warriors to rein back the National League cup kings.
Warriors heat leader trio of Morley, Ben Hopwood and Scott Campos worked hard to register good scores, but with the visiting reserves outscoring their home counterparts by 16 to 2, the Warriors middle order needed to step-up but were found wanting.
Team Manager Jackie Vatcher said, “I don’t want to keep on, but it’s early days yet and we know we have to do better tomorrow at Plymouth than our last away performance at Eastbourne”.
Warriors – Ben Morley 15, Chris Widman 2, Scott Campos 10, Danno Verge 3, Ben Hopwood 10, Jamie Sealey 1+1, Josh Embleton 1.
Eagles – Mark Baseby 9, Kelsey Dugard 3+1, Tom Brennan 8, Charley Powell 7+3, Georgie Wood 5+1, Charlie Brooks 5+1, Jason Edwards 11+1.
Report by ROB DYER.
Images by SPORTOGRAPHY
All the footage from the Isle of Wight 'Warriors' vs Eastbourne 'Eagles' Knockout Cup 2nd Leg meeting is available to purchase on DVD from T2TV Media for £10 inc p&p. CLICK HERE